Youth Transition Program Mentor

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Posted Date: January 18, 2023

Time CommitmentApproximately two hours per week in the afternoons from Monday to Friday. Volunteers can have a flexible schedule based on mutual availability with the mentee. Volunteers may be asked to attend some evening and weekends for special events, with notice.
Minimum Age19
Location(s)This is a remote position with the possibility of volunteering in person at Etobicoke Albion YMCA, North York Dufferin St YMCA, or Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA Employment Centres

Program Description

Youth Transition Program (YTP) gives youth age 12-19 a sense of belonging through one-on-one support and mentorship. It offers workshops to develop the life skills they need to be healthy, stable adults. Using a trauma-informed and strength-based approach, students gain resiliency, cultivate positive mental well-being and gain the capacity to reach their fullest potential.

Major Duties

Major Duties May Include:

  • Mentors will periodically have one-on-one meetings with their mentees to discuss various topics such as university application, student life, homework support and community involvement in order to help the mentee transition into post-secondary life more smoothly.
  • Mentors will act in a supportive role to help the youth achieve their goals.
  • Mentors will share successes and difficulties and engage in activities that both parties agree on which can include attending events organized by the YMCA.
  • Keep discussions between mentee and mentor confidential.
  • Provide general updates and feedback to YTP staff around mentorship.
  • Attend professional development training when available.


  • Minimum age 19.
  • Must have completed Ontario Secondary School Diploma and currently attending a post-secondary institution.
  • Successful applicants to this role will need to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening from their local police service before their first day of volunteering and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering.
  • Access to a computer, mobile device and internet required.
  • Strong communication and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Experience and sensitivity dealing with people from different cultural, racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Experience working with and coaching youth is an asset.
  • Knowledge of external resources available to youth an asset.


  • Make a positive impact in the lives of youth.
  • Develop leadership and coaching experience.
  • Gain access to professional and personal development training opportunities within the YMCA.
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life.
  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the YMCA Mission, Vision and Values.

How to apply

Complete the online volunteer application. You will need to provide the position title and location information of this position during step 3 of the application.

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Why Volunteer for the Y?

The YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great place to volunteer through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all volunteers.  The YMCA provides more than 5500 volunteers with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities.  The YMCA works to build healthy communities.  This is achieved through a robust volunteer staff partnership, shared culture and values.

Our Commitments

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.

We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps. 

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.